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Arizona women’s golf advances to NCAA Championship quarterfinals in dramatic fashion

Bianca Pagdanganan came through in the clutch with an eagle putt

The Arizona women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals in dramatic fashion Monday.

The Wildcats skated through the final round of stroke play by defeating Baylor in a two-team playoff for the last spot in the quarterfinals.

Junior Bianca Pagdanganan sunk a clutch eagle putt on hole No. 18 to put the UA in a playoff scenario with Baylor.

NCAA playoff rules stipulate that all five of a team’s golfers compete at separate holes.

Arizona and Baylor tied the first playoff hole, but the Wildcats ran away with the second playoff.

As the No. 8 seed in the Quarterfinals, Arizona will face top-seeded UCLA Tuesday.

The match will begin at approximately 5:50 a.m. PT. The tournament is being held in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Pagdanganan finished in a tie for second in the individual championship. The eagle putt pushed her four-round score to six-under par, two behind champion Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest.

Arizona freshman Yu-Sang Hou was the next top finisher in the individual bracket at 48th, posting a score or +11. Sophomore Sandra Nordaas and junior Moore were right behind at +13 and +15 respectively.

Gigi Stoll rounded out the individual scoring at +27 over the four days of stroke play.

The Wildcats will be heavy underdogs against UCLA, who entered the NCAA’s ranked third nationally.

The Bruins had three top-20 individual finishers in stroke play.

Arizona hung with UCLA in each event the two teams both competed in during the regular season.